Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 04:36

NewcastleFalcon wrote:
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[None of this lycra palaver for Alex Moulton, just an ordinary suit and a pair of fetching hush puppies :-D


But where's his cycle clips ;)

I have a pair!

A Moulton is now very collectable and has a price-tag to match...

Neil, I'm surprised you have not used this topic now to connect Alex Moulton with something very famously automotive ;)
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They are a good company and move with the times and are always at the leading edge :)

All Bromptons are still hand-made and in the UK too... Very special bikes indeed...

Most desirable but 'leccy bikes are not for me - just yet...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Fake Concern » 13 Aug 2017, 08:12

My parents had a Moulton Major each in the 60s/70s, but both returned to conventional diamond frames later on. Personally, I don't get on with the bobbing up and down of the suspension.
I do have a Brompton which I used to commute on the train with doing about 18 miles a day when I worked in London, but would never ride it if a real bike was an option!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 08:37

That's interesting on the experiences of riding a folder...

I've never ridden one. Something I must soon correct...

As I say, I really fancy having a folder on the fleet...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 13 Aug 2017, 09:25

CitroJim wrote:
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Neil, I'm surprised you have not used this topic now to connect Alex Moulton with something very famously automotive ;)


Well if you'll excuse me putting in a 1 minute 1 second commercial from New Zealand in your blog, I think it covers what Alex Moulton did for the Morris 1100.....(and others of course)



Regards Neil

Of course being the FCF, 30 seconds of French may be more appropriate :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 10:45

Well done Neil :) I knew you'd come up trumps on that ;) =D>

They used to call Hydrolastic 'poor man's Hydropneumatic'

Both Alex Moulton and Alec Issigonis were great Citroen fans... Issigonis reputedly ran a TA as his daily driver...

Did Moulton have an XM at some stage?
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 13 Aug 2017, 11:19

CitroJim wrote:
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Did Moulton have an XM at some stage?


It went up for sale in 2010, not ebay or anything like that...you had to e-mail dan@moultonbicycles.co.uk at the time.

Some details from aronline.co.uk here...

http://www.aronline.co.uk/news/alex-mou ... -for-sale/

and a bit of dicussion on the Club XM forum

http://www.club-xm.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=16443

but pictures blotted out by photobucket!

No reg number to check, but I would imagine with that history it would still be a viable car today.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 12:07

Ahh, excellent :) Thanks Neil... My memory is better than I think sometimes...

With all my cognitive issues I seriously worry about dementia and early-onset Alzheimer's (as Terry Pratchett suffered from - poor sod :( ...) and when I can pull out memories like that it significantly reassures me...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 12:21

Got my certificate for the bike ride yesterday...

I should have told them I did the Standard Course rather than the short... Had I done so I'd have qualified for a Silver award... I'm not worried. Main thing is, I did the ride and enjoyed it :D
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 13 Aug 2017, 13:20

CitroJim wrote:
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The Wiggle Steeplechase Sportive this morning was awesome :-D

Completed 62.5 miles in 3h54m or at an average speed of 16mph... That was into a lot of headwinds too...
Well done Jim, after my own little enjoyable hour on the electric bike round Derwent reservoir, where with electric assistance I probably did 10-14mph, averaging 16mph for nearly 4 hours in my book is phenonemal! I was as unaerodynamically clad as Alex Moulton and it was tossing it down with drizzle!

I can see why this quote is true......you just don't need the electric assistance!
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Most desirable but 'leccy bikes are not for me - just yet...
Great achievement!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Aug 2017, 13:43

Neil, thanks :D It's the result of an awful lot of dedication to regular training... I'm out on my bike nearly every day and it's a rare day now when I don't go for a run of around 5K...

Do that for a few years and you and I would be good for a race ;)

I'm very much a grimpeur due to my build and light weight. Big, heavily muscled sprinters breeze past me downhill and on the flat but I then float past them going up the next hill or fighting into the wind :)

I'm not a bad rouleur though ;)

This also translates into my running; I'm quite quick running uphill - most runners hate hills (and cyclists for that matter) but I love them :-D

I'm never so keen on descending steep hills though...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Aug 2017, 15:51

For a long while now I've been looking to do a bit of an epic cycle ride after being inspired by several accounts I've read of daring deeds in the saddle...

Tim Moore's ride around the 2003 Tour De France course and Mike Carter's account of his ride around the entire coast of the UK mainland have been particularly inspirational..

I'm not quite up to one as major as either of those just yet but who knows for the future ;)

I have now decided upon what I think is an achievable 'dip my toes into the water' sort of a ride... Nothing too ambitious for the first one ;)

I'm going to cycle all the way from my adopted home here in Newport Pagnell to my birthplace and real home down in Huish Episcopi in Somerset.

I'll be doing the journey over the course of a full week, looking to ride about 70 or 80 miles a day, travelling light and staying in B&Bs overnight. I'm now busy planning a suitable route out and back that avoids all major A and B roads - I expect that aspect to take some months and I'll be busy riding segments of my planned route(s) to check them. Planning is going to be the key to success here I think.

It's going to be one heck of an adventure and should be good for a few stories. I'll likely try to use it as an opportunity to raise some money for the ME Association.

I plan to do this some time in the spring of 2018 when it's likely to be relatively warm and dry...

Stay tuned for further updates ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by van ordinaire » 15 Aug 2017, 22:20

Jim, I offer you my late father as inspiration.

In his late teens, I should imagine, he rode the bike he went to & from work on, from Bermondsey to Woolacombe &, so disgusted was he by the standards of cleanliness in the hostels or whatever he'd used, came back non-stop. Possibly the most extaordinary aspect of that, was that he couldn't find his way out of a paper bag!
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Aug 2017, 07:14

Gosh Van, that's a commute and a half via any mode of transport, not least a bike!!! Chapeau to him!!!

I'm very fussy about where I sleep so I'll be looking for recommendations...

Route planning has started... I'm currently just past Oxford...
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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 16 Aug 2017, 15:14

CitroJim wrote:
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I'm very fussy about where I sleep so I'll be looking for recommendations...


Can't be of any direct assistance there Jim with a first hand recommendation on your route, but these days the good old internet should be able to come up with some options to satisfy your needs.

eg here's a site with Cycle-friendly B&B's slap a county/location in and up come the options.

https://www.bedsforcyclists.co.uk/searc ... =wiltshire

Click on Circles B&B in Pewsey (wherever that is) and up come the pics and the blurb. Then go to booking.com and see if it comes up cheaper!!

We stayed at our first ever "Air BnB" in Grange over Sands pulled from that site. Right in with the family in their family home but private room en-suite and worked out fine.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Aug 2017, 15:38

If push comes to shove I have a couple of tents that you could borrow, Jim.
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